Portugal vs Poland / Nations League – At the end of competition in the Group 3, Nations League A, we have match that after all what happened has absolutely no meaning, expect for prestige. The Portuguese are the first in the table and they have already secured the position with seven points and no lost matches, while the Poles are nailed to the bottom of table. They have six points fewer than their hosts and four less than 2nd-placed Italy, so even if they win they cannot move from the last place and avoid relegation to the Nations League B. They haven’t won and in fact they drew only in the first round. Portugal won their head-to-head in Poland by 3-2.
Portugal vs Poland begins 20.11.2018 at 20:45 CET
Reigning champions of Europe have dominated their group and in the end they are in situation to play the last match and celebrate winning of the first place with absolutely no pressure. They had started competing in the Nations League with triumph over Italy 1-0 and that was good indication what will happen later on. When they won Poland away 3-2 it was clear that the first place is reserved for them.
Drew between Poland and Italy came handy and all they had to do was to do well in Italy, where they played sufficient 0-0. Even if they lose they would have realistic chance to end up at the first place although in that case they would have to win the Poles. Now, they will easily bring the group phase of the Nations League to its end, in which they played without their biggest star Ronaldo and again they succeeded, which is just an additional plus for this national team. Due to accrued yellow cards Neves and Mario Rui are suspended, but Pepe is back to the starting line-up.
Probable lineups Portugal: Patricio – Soares, Pepe, Neto, Guerreiro – D. Pereira, R. Sanches – Rafa Silva, Joao Mario, Guedes – Eder
Unlike the Portuguese, the Poles totally underperformed in the Nations Leaguw, which is why they occupy the last place in the table. We will see them again in the Nations League B in the next round of this competition. It can be said that Polish crises had started a bit earlier as this team also totally underperformed at the World Cup in Russia where they were eliminated in the group phase. They did manage to win Japan but since then they haven’t won anyone. They also play weakly friendly matches; they drew with Ireland and lost to Czech Republic 1-0 at home several days ago.
All good what they have done in previous five matches away drew with Italy at the beginning of the Nations League, but home defeat by the same team has definitely knocked them down, partially due to fact that the winning goal was scored in the injury time. Manager Brzeczk had played that match with two classic forwards but neither of them scored a goal, which is why Milik will probably stay on the bench now leaving Lewandowski alone. Midfielder Linnety and stopper Glik are out of action, which is a great handicap for Poland.
Probable lineups Poland: Szczesny – Bereszynski, Bednarek, Kaminski, Kedziora – Krychowiak, Goralski – Grosicki, Zielinski, Blaszczykowski – Lewandowski
Portugal vs Poland PICK
The Portuguese have done the job and now they want to say goodbye to their fans with the last victory in this calendar year. Poland is in crisis and that can be seen through its results, so we forecast another defeat in this match.
Pick: Portugal wins
Odds: 1.62 at betvictor (down to 1.56 can be played)
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